Dr. Eric Gallien
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Eric N. Gallien, has been chosen to serve as the next superintendent of the Racine Unified School District, an urban, suburban and rural Pre-K-12 school system that serves nearly 20,000 students in Racine County, WI.
Dr. Gallien brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the superintendency, currently serving as Deputy Superintendent of RUSD. In this role, he directly supervises and develops RUSD's school leaders and oversees several district-level departments to supervise and support all facets of school performance, including:
- Implementing a system of instructional accountability
- Improving student achievement
- Ensuring effective and efficient school operations
- Designing high-quality extended learning programs
- Transforming alternative education programs
- Leading secondary transformation (career academies and personalized learning), providing targeted and job-embedded leadership development and support for District and school-site leadership
- Meeting the needs of all students through a comprehensive structure of pupil services
Prior to joining RUSD, Dr. Gallien served as Regional Director of School Support in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). In MPS, he was responsible for schools in both turnaround and traditional regions in the District. He led efforts to improve outcomes in the lowest performing (turnaround) schools and supported Demonstration Schools that were focused on effective implementation of Common Core State Standards in literacy and mathematics. Providing guidance to Innovation Schools that were launching new initiatives was also under his direction.
Dr. Gallien began his career in Milwaukee Public Schools as an educational assistant and became a teacher in both middle and high schools. He also demonstrated strong leadership as a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, establishing a track record of success as a dynamic instructional leader and an administrator who firmly stands on the philosophy of students first.
Dr. Gallien earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He has two (2) Master of Arts degrees from Alverno College in Curriculum Development and Educational Leadership. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in History Education. Dr. Gallien also served in the United States Marine Corps, seeing combat in Operation Desert Storm.
Unequivocally, Dr. Gallien is committed to providing servant leadership and transforming the educational experience for all students, particularly those who are most marginalized. He serves as a mentor to several students and youth in the community and is an active member of Racine County Economic Development Corporation, United Way of Racine County Board, Racine Founders Rotary, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity-Chapter 1123, Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and the Gamma Tau Boulé Chapter of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Gallien is the proud father of two daughters and two sons as well as two granddaughters.